Simon Cowell honored, Britain wins 5 International Emmys

Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:52pm EST
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British music impresario and prickly former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell received an honorary International Emmy award on Monday at the annual prizes for television produced outside the United States.

Britain won five of the competitive prizes and Portugal took home its first-ever Emmy.

Cowell, who left Fox's hit talent show "American Idol" after last season, was presented with the Founders Award by News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, who lauded Cowell as a "peerless executive" who had also boosted Fox's financial fortunes.

"Whoever said that fame, money and success will destroy you -- completely wrong," quipped Cowell, who eschewed his trademark T-shirts for the black-tie gala in favor of a crisp white dress shirt, unbuttoned halfway down his chest.

Cowell added that he has had the time of his life for the past 10 years, fostering franchises including "Got Talent" and "The X Factor" that air in countries around the world.

This season he will bring "The X Factor" to U.S. television.

While Britain again dominated the 38th annual awards, winning five of the 10 awards, the Emmys were more widely international this year with Romania, Israel, Argentina, South Korea and Portugal, which won the telenovela prize for "My Love," all taking home awards.

Top acting honors went to Bob Hoskins for "The Street" and Helena Bonham Carter for "Enid," in which she plays children's author Enid Blyton. Neither was on hand to accept the awards.   Continued...

<p>Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (R) presents The Founders Award to Simon Cowell at the 38th International Emmy Awards in New York City November 22, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>